Austin Storm Softball. Phil Koehler (512) 633-7742 General Manager Adam Adams (512) 762-3488 , 18U Head Coach [email protected] Amanda Miller (830) 237-4590, 16U Head Coach. Softball Scholarships.
The Common MythsThe first thing you should know about scholarships is that these common myths are absolutely not true:
Blue Chips vs. Everybody ElseFirst off, there are a select small number of players who don't have to worry at all about how the softball recruitment process works. They are the elite or blue chip players who have every coach in America asking them to come and play for them. These ladies could care less about the details of the recruitment process because they don't need to know how it really works! They just have to choose the right school. For the remaining 98% of student athletes who have the talent to play at some level of college softball, the process comes down to whether or not a coach learns about them and their softball skills and talents. If coaches learn their name and what they can do, they will probably get recruited to play at some level of college softball. If coaches never learn their name or anything about them, they will always fly under the radar of college coaches and their softball career will end when high school is over. Sad, but true.
What You Should DoThe question is, how can you win the softball recruitment game and get recruited for softball scholarships? The best way is to take responsibility for your own recruitment and market and promote yourself. Develop your own athletic resume and make direct contact with college coaches with a personal letter. It's the best way to get the attention of coaches and give yourself a shot at being recruited.
There are hundreds of college and universities at all levels of competition who need skilled and talented softball players. How do these schools find the players they need? They find players in the following ways:1- They find players at softball camps.2- They find players at showcase events held across the country.3- They attend tournaments and scout for players that could fill their current roster needs.4- They get recommendations from coaches5- They find out about some athletes because the athletes have marketed and promoted themselves to the coach
Many Coaches Want To Hear From You.The elite Division I schools have the college softball recruiting budget to scout the entire nation. They have an unlimited budget for finding great players across the country and even the world.
Many Mid-Majors, smaller schools and universities that have limited college softball recruiting budgets and don't have hundreds of athletes to choose from.
All programs have to be familiar with you, so you what to make it easy to find you. You can market and promote yourself to college coaches and let them know about your skills, your talents, and your academic achievements at the high school level. If you don't let them know about you, who will?
There are thousands of softball recruits from all across the United States (and even the world) trying to make it to the next level of softball. What will separate those who make it to the college level vs. those who fall short of their goal? Actually, there are several factors that will make the difference: 1. The Right Skills And Talent
3. A Strong Work Ethic
4. Grab Their Attention
SummaryIf you have all of the first three factors going for you (talent, good grades, a good work ethic), yet no college coaches are beating a path to your door, your real problem is most likely #4. You are probably not getting noticed by college coaches!
What can you do about it? You can fix the problem by rising above all the other softball recruits out there and making sure you get noticed by marketing and promoting yourself to college coaches! A simple athletic resume and a personal letter is all you need to get the ball rolling.
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